Roughrider Roundup – October 23, 2023

Dear Fellow Republicans, 

We wanted to provide you with a roundup of everything you might have missed from North Dakota’s great Republican leaders this past week. Please share with family and friends!

Monday Oct. 23 kicked off the ND Legislative special session as lawmakers were called to the ND State Capitol to work out the OMB bill. Time spent well as their work was 2 ½ days of proposals, discussion and debate. The NDGOP would like to thank the North Dakota Legislative Assembly for their steadfast service, time, and commitment to the state of North Dakota and the Republican Party.’s campaigns both met the criterion to participate in the 2024 Presidential Caucus.

NDGOP is excited to see both Burgum and Trump’s campaigns participating in North Dakota’s 2024 Presidential Caucus and expect other campaigns to follow suit.

Sandra Sanford, NDGOP Chairwoman

North Dakota

Three-day North Dakota special legislative session comes to a close

The Bismarck Tribune

Burgum called the Legislature back to fix a bill passed during the regular session earlier this year. Among those bills sent to the governor’s office Wednesday was the $141 million OMB budget. Lawmakers also allocated $425,000 to cover the cost of legislator salaries through the special session, as well as $255,000 for salaries for Legislative Council, the Legislature’s research arm. 

North Dakota Senate kills income tax relief bill; Gov. Burgum displeased with result

The Bismarck Tribune

Calling the special session himself meant lawmakers didn’t have to use five days they had saved from the regular session.

In exchange, the governor asked lawmakers to take on his tax relief plan, among other things. North Dakota has an unexpected $288 million surplus in its general fund. Burgum and the bill’s proponents said giving residents more tax relief was a simple thing to do. Inflation has taken money from families “like a thief in the night,” Burgum said.

Kathryn Burgum, wife of Gov. Doug Burgum, opens up about mental health advocacy, struggle with addiction

ABC News

Burgum said her platform as first lady of the U.S. would be around the “behavior health crisis.” She also spoke about how she and her husband met and why she believes he would make a good president.

VandeWalle Courtroom remodeled, rededicated, reopened at UND

Valley News Live

“On behalf of all North Dakotans, on behalf of (first lady) Kathryn and myself, we thank you for your service, your dedication, your incredible gift of intelligence and your wit, and everything you’ve done to move our state forward,” Burgum said. “Thank you, and we wish you the very best.”…“The generations of lawyers, North Dakotans, from all four corners of our state, people I’ve met around this country who know you know your work, on behalf of us all: I love you Chief,” Wrigley said. “I love you and thank you. Congratulations on this tremendous honor.”

Natural gas coming to Arvilla and Larimore

Prairie Public

“It’s really great to have this company operating in North Dakota,” said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. “They have come up with a model for extending natural gas service to rural communities.”

Main Street ND Summit canceled due to Winter Storm Watch

Valley News Live

The 2023 Main Street ND Summit scheduled for October 24-25 in Watford City has been postponed because of inclement weather forecasted for the area. “We appreciate your understanding as this was a difficult decision made with safety as our top priority,” Gov. Doug Burgum said.

Burgum Becomes 5th Candidate to Meet RNC Requirement


Burgum has received contributions from over 70,000 individual donors, including more than 200 from 20 different states. Burgum is just the 5th candidate to meet the RNC’s requirements.

Livestock planning grant applications open

The Bismarck Tribune

“Counties and regional planning councils can use the grants for site analysis and coordinating strategic planning,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “The grants will help to accommodate and encourage investment in livestock production, which will in turn complement our farmers and position North Dakota for growth in animal ag.”

North Dakota state auditor to speak at ‘Politics and a Plate’ event


The Cass County United Republican Committee is scheduled to host North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion at a forthcoming “Politics and a Plate” event.

Two ND coal programs received glowing remarks on Federal Review


A new federal review of two North Dakota coal programs shows the state is going above and beyond to do just that.

PSC Chairman Randy Christmann says the federal government isn’t necessarily a fan of coal mining, so it’s a challenge to meet the stringent regulations.

Free assistance in picking the right Medicare Part D plan is available


“It’s that time of year where we are reviewing our plans and making sure we are covered for next year,” said Jon Godfread, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner. “It’s really important, it’s critically important to review this on an annual basis because our lives change every year. We have different needs, different diagnoses.”

Washington, D.C.

American church tour group evacuated from Israel with assist from Benghazi hero

Fox News

Unsure of what to do, Braun and another priest leading the pilgrimage, Father Phil Ackerman, began reaching out for help from the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer….”I couldn’t begin to blame anybody for thinking that the wheels of government are moving to slowly when you’re trapped in a situation where you’re surrounded by violence and uncertainty and understandably fearful,” Cramer told Fox News Digital.

Hoeven cosponsors bill to ensure consumers have vehicle choices

The Ripon Advance

“Imposing unworkable mandates on car manufacturers will mean higher costs and fewer choices for U.S. consumers while resulting in older, less efficient vehicles remaining on the road,” Sen. Hoeven said. “That’s the wrong path forward for our nation.”

Mike Johnson may be the next speaker — but then what?

The Washington Post

“He’s not a flamethrower,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) said, explaining Johnson’s appeal. “He has never tried to take a cheap hit on another member of the conference.”

Letter: Sen. Cramer’s support of Alzheimer’s research is appreciated

Grand Forks Herald

By supporting bills for Alzheimer’s research funding, Cramer has shown his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and finding effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

FERC approved WBI energy expansion in Wahpeton


Senator Kevin Cramer, spoke out applauding the project as he says it is set to deliver a firm amount of gas…“We’ve been working for a long time to get more natural gas into Wahpeton, so this is a big milestone, very important for the community and for south east North Dakota because it means more business, more industry and particularly more agriculture business and this is a strong region for value added ag processing,” said Sen. Hoeven.

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